Our Board of Directors

 

A Maze of Story Incorporated is a not-for-profit association incorporated in Western Australia, governed by a board comprising:

Gae Oaten : Founder, Chairperson

Gae Oaten

Founder, Chairperson

Gae Oaten moved to London in 1990 to study the degrees Master in Counselling Psychology and Master in Psychotherapy. Gae spent the next fourteen years in London in private practice, and as a family therapist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital. At Kids Company, she was a Groups Therapist for extremely troubled children, and Clinical Supervisor to Post Graduate Psychology Students. One of the courses Gae taught at City University was ‘Working with Children: A Playful Narrative Approach’. Gae returned to Western Australia 2005 and retired from practice in 2008.
 
 In 2013 Gae paid a visit to Sydney Story Factory (a writing centre for children and young people) and was inspired by the centres' innovative approach to creative writing and returned to Perth with the idea of opening a similar organisation. She founded A Maze of Story in 2013 and has been the Chairperson since it’s inception.

 

Tony Estrano : Deputy Chairperson

Tony Estrano

Deputy Chairperson

Tony has a background in business, marketing and technical consultancy. He has over 18 years’ experience within the Information Technology Sector, across local government, education and the private sector in Australia and Europe. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science from Murdoch University, Western Australia.

 
 

Adelheid Stelter : Secretary

Adelheid Stelter

Secretary

Adelheid Stelter is a Teaching and Leadership Advisor with Teach for Australia. She has worked as a secondary English and Literacy and Language teacher in public schools for 17 years, holding a MEd, and various postgraduate qualifications. She has a Fine Arts Degree and a Nursing Degree. Adelheid has lived and worked on four continents and is interested in and passionate about accompanying young people on their journey to becoming creative, communication-savvy and compassionate citizens of this world, who connect with their fellow human beings to actively create their futures. She is currently involved with the U.lab-S: Societal Transformation project through the Presencing Institute at MIT, Boston. Adelheid likes the quote by Maya Angelou “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Being creative in all sorts of forms is an essential part of Adelheid’s life. Writing stories is one way of sparking and keeping that creativity going.

Mark Vincent : Treasurer

Mark Vincent

Treasurer

Mark is a Financial Planner with 12 years experience. Having had his own financial planning practice for over 9 years, Mark has carved a niche in providing advice to a range of business owners and high net worth individuals.
Being a family man, Mark feels very fortunate that his elderly sons are still willing to spend time with him. Together, outside of his busy work schedule, they enjoy an energetic outdoor life which includes running, kite surfing and bike riding.
At the age of 50, Mark is at the stage of life and in a position to share his experience and knowledge with A Maze of Story. He looks forward to seeing this organisation develop and grow into a recognised and respected child focused Arts program.
As the treasurer of A Maze of Story, Mark brings to the group the required experience to ensure the group’s financial records are organised and maintained with the professionalism required to ensure transparency and accountability.
 
 

Dr Catherine Noske : General Board Member

Dr Catherine Noske

General Board Member

Dr. Noske is a lecturer in Creative Writing and editor of Westerly Magazine at the University of Western Australia. Her research has been recognised with the A.D Hope Prize from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and focuses on contemporary Australian writing of place. She served in 2016 as a committee member for the inaugural Australian Short Story Festival, and is currently a board member for writingWA. Writing creatively, she has twice been awarded the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers. Her current manuscript, a novel, was the subject of a Varuna Fellowship and shortlisted for the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award.

 

William Barry : General Board Member

William Barry

General Board Member

William Barry is originally from Ireland. He has a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Shannon Hotel School, Ireland and an Accredited Certified Practitioner of Economic Development: ACEcD. He has an MBA from the University of Western Australia. William worked in Tourism and Hospitality industry in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Currently William is the Senior Economic Development officer at the Town of Bassendean. He is an Executive Board Member, Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco-Tourism (FACET) and State Committee Member of Economic Development Australia (WA)
William has a keen understanding of community to drive activation programs including street markets, street art and infrastructure planning. He has a passion for marketing, art and design and is interested in new industries, particularly digital, clean tech and start-up’s.

Heather Henderson : General Board Member

Heather Henderson

General Board Member

Bachelor of Education. Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Heather spent more than 40 years working with children with disabilities and is passionate about equity of access to services and support for all members of the community.

She served on the council of the City of Subiaco for 25 years first as a Councillor and then as Mayor. In recognition of her outstanding service to the community and the Local Government Sector she was awarded Life Membership of Western Australian Local Government Association in 2015 and was recently made an Honorary Freeman of the City of the City of Subiaco.

Jennifer Bowden :

Jennifer Bowden

Jennifer Bowden is originally from North East England. She has an MA (hons) in English and Scottish Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Magazine Journalism from City University, London. She worked for a number-of years as a journalist and was published in the guardian, the List, the Scotsman, the Herald, the Mirror and the Daily Mail. Jen has also worked for a number-of literary organisations and independent publishers in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Jen moved to Perth, Australia in 2017 and took up a position as Arts and Events Editor at Scoop Events, an online arts magazine. She currently works for Fremantle Press. Jen is a writer of fiction and poetry, a reviewer and literary journalist, a tenor horn player and sausage roll connoisseur. Jen is a strong and passionate advocate of promoting a love of reading and writing in people of all ages.